Considered the “mother of level measurements,” Fannie Farmer gave precise amounts in her recipes at a time when most called for things like “a piece of butter.” Like Julia Child, she was a teacher above all who wanted to give women the skills they needed to make their way around the kitchen, and in some cases, the knowledge they needed to take care of themselves with a “respectable” career. She also believed that diet and nutrition could make a huge difference in a person’s life, particularly the sick and those with life-changing illness like diabetes. She did not let her own physical ailments (paralyzed for a time at 16 and permanently walking with a limp for the rest of her life) stop her.
In the kitchen, knowledge is magic. Thanks Fannie. And happy birthday!